Overlook Press

Overlook Press Celebrating 40 years of independent publishing

Celebrating 40 years of independent publishing The Overlook Press is an independent general-interest publisher, founded in 1971. The publishing program consists of nearly 100 new books per year, evenly divided between hardcovers and trade paperbacks. The list is eclectic, but areas of strength include interesting fiction, history, biography, drama, and design. The house was launched by owner Peter Mayer as a home for distinguished books that had been ”overlooked” by larger houses. At the time Mayer was at the helm of one of them, Avon, and would go on to a twenty-year tenure at Penguin, which he eventually headed as well. He joined with his father Alfred, a retired glove manufacturer, to nurture Overlook Press, supervising business from Manhattan in his off hours, while Fredy ran the upstate operation, picturesquely housed in an old apple shed on Overlook Mountain in Woodstock. Milestone books in those early years ranged from Industrial Design by Raymond Loewy and Milton Glaser’s Graphic Design, to the medieval martial arts treatise turned business bestseller, A Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Mushashi. The publishing formula proved reliable, and now Overlook has nearly 1000 titles in print. Our fiction includes works by espionage novelists Robert Littell, Gerald Seymour, and Charles McCarry; mystery writer Susan Hill; Southern humorist Charles Portis; German writer Walter Moers, and Irish American writer Peter Quinn. Overlook also publishes the international phenomenon Penny Vincenzi. In recent years, Overlook has developed an impressive list of top-flight writers such P.F.Kluge, John Crowley, R.J. Ellory, and Robert Coover. History is a mainstay of our non-fiction list and notable books include Paul Cartledge’s Thermopylae, Robert Irwin’s Dangerous Knowledge, and Charles Freeman's A.D. 381.. New books of current political and social interest are Gigi Durham’s The Lolita Effect, Irene Levine's Best Friends Forever, and Mark Booth’s controversial The Secret History of the World. Another cherished mission is to revive and bring to new audiences classic books and authors. We are renowned for our stylish editions of the works of P.G. Wodehouse, Charles Dickens, as well as bringing back the beloved Freddy the Pig Series by Walter R. Brooks. Overlook has a proud tradition of illustrated books in a wide variety of categories, from the splendor of In the Footsteps of Abraham and Milton Glaser’s brilliant Drawing is Thinking, to entertaining works of pop culture The Elvis Encyclopedia and Church Signs Across America.

ON SALE NOW: Kate Leaver's #TheFriendshipCure "provides much food for thought about what friendships mean and why they a...
10/23/2018
The Friendship Cure: Reconnecting in the Modern World

ON SALE NOW: Kate Leaver's #TheFriendshipCure "provides much food for thought about what friendships mean and why they are important" (The Greater Good Science Center). Pick up a copy today! https://www.amazon.com/Friendship-Cure-Reconnecting-Modern-World/dp/1468316591/
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The compelling, fresh, and thought-provoking exploration of friendship―what it is, how to keep it, and why we need it more than ever beforeOur best friends, Twitter followers, gal-pals, bromances, Facebook friends, and long distance buddies define us in ways we rarely openly acknowledge. But as a....

It's pub day for THE CRYOTRON FILES by Iain & Douglas Buck! A riveting and timely biography of one of computer science's...
10/09/2018
The Cryotron Files: The Untold Story of Dudley Buck, Cold War Computer Scientist and Microchip Pioneer

It's pub day for THE CRYOTRON FILES by Iain & Douglas Buck! A riveting and timely biography of one of computer science's unsung heroes, Dudley Buck--who just so happened to be a Cold War spy--is available in stores now and online:

https://www.amazon.com/Cryotron-Files-Computer-Scientist-Microchip/dp/1468315773/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539107687&sr=8-1&keywords=cryotron+files
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The riveting true story of Dudley Buck, the American computer scientist whose pioneering work with microchips placed him firmly in the sights of the KGBDr. Dudley Allen Buck was a brilliant young scientist on the cusp of fame and fortune when he died suddenly on May 21, 1959, at the age of 32. He...

It may be August already but there's still time to add to your summer reading list! James MacManus's latest historical n...
08/13/2018

It may be August already but there's still time to add to your summer reading list! James MacManus's latest historical novel IKE AND KAY is today's NOOK Daily Find, available for only $2.99!

We are excited to announce that The Overlook Press has been acquired by ABRAMS Books, the premier publisher of art and i...
08/01/2018
www.overlookpress.co

We are excited to announce that The Overlook Press has been acquired by ABRAMS Books, the premier publisher of art and illustrated books. Our team is excited to begin this next chapter in our history. Visit our website, www.overlookpress.com, to read the full press release.

Will Storr discusses his book SELFIE, the history of individualism, #capitalism, the self-esteem movement, and how to be...
07/19/2018
How the West became a self-obsessed culture

Will Storr discusses his book SELFIE, the history of individualism, #capitalism, the self-esteem movement, and how to be happy with yourself on Vox.

A new book explores the history of individualism in the West.

When we speak up, our words can change the world. No one understands this better than Philip Collins, author of WHEN THE...
07/18/2018
When They Go Low, We Go High: Speeches That Shape the World and Why We Need Them

When we speak up, our words can change the world. No one understands this better than Philip Collins, author of WHEN THEY GO LOW, WE GO HIGH out now online and in stores!

In WHEN THEY GO LOW, WE GO HIGH, Collins explores the rhetorical tricks and sheer power of most notable speeches in history from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address to Martin Luther King Jr's “I have a dream.” He uncovers the art of the oratory as a means to propagate and protect democracy, as a way to change the world.

For anyone interested in the renowned (and often infamous) words of world leaders, in the politics of language and the language of politics, and in the past, present, and future of speechwriting, this is the book for you!

Order today on these platforms!

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From Cicero to Michelle Obama, these are the most historically significant speeches ever delivered―and an inclusive analysis of what makes them so great.When First Lady Michelle Obama approached the podium at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, nobody could have predicted that her rousing an....

We're delighted that Ambassador Vicki Huddleston's new book OUR WOMAN IN HAVANA is Culture Trip's must-read for the poli...
07/12/2018
Summer Reads for Every Book Lover

We're delighted that Ambassador Vicki Huddleston's new book OUR WOMAN IN HAVANA is Culture Trip's must-read for the politically minded this summer. "Offering unparalleled insight, . . . it reflects on politics and sexism in a changing global landscape." https://bit.ly/2MVgzKz

This summer, we’re bringing you books from Japan, Cuba, and Denmark; books that explore love, racial politics, and sexuality; books that move, stir and inspire.

Columbia historian Richard Billows's new book BEFORE AND AFTER ALEXANDER: The Legend and Legacy of Alexander the Great i...
07/10/2018
Before and After Alexander: The Legend and Legacy of Alexander the Great

Columbia historian Richard Billows's new book BEFORE AND AFTER ALEXANDER: The Legend and Legacy of Alexander the Great is officially on sale now!

Publishers Weekly calls it "a clear, enlightening exploration of one of the most influential periods of human history."

Pick up BEFORE AND AFTER ALEXANDER in stores or at any of these online retailers:

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By the author of Marathon, an enlightening look at the historical context behind Alexander the Great, his accomplishments, and his legacyIn the arc of western...

Celebrate #SelfieDay with your next favorite new book. SELFIE by Will Storr is "an intriguing odyssey of self-discovery....
06/21/2018
The New York Times Books

Celebrate #SelfieDay with your next favorite new book. SELFIE by Will Storr is "an intriguing odyssey of self-discovery."

#summerreading

Me, me, me, me, me, me, me, me #NationalSelfieDay

"I became the book; I had entered another world and it wasn’t words, it was beyond reading.”We have to agree with ac...
06/20/2018

"I became the book; I had entered another world and it wasn’t words, it was beyond reading.”

We have to agree with actress and activist Jane Fonda on her favorite book, GREEN MANSIONS (On sale 6/26). We just know that you'll become the book too with our new facsmile of Gerald Duckworth's 1926 edition, complete with original woodcuts by Keith Henderson and a brand new introduction by Margaret Atwood!

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Check out Phil West's new book I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN: The Path to a US Men's World Cup Victory in The New York Time...
06/06/2018
The Books Are Ready for the World Cup. The Team Was Not.

Check out Phil West's new book I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN: The Path to a US Men's World Cup Victory in The New York Times today and pick up a copy in stores now and at any of these online retailers:

https://www.amazon.com/Believe-That-We-Will-Win/dp/1468315196
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World Cup books are a tougher sell when a key character — the United States national team — is missing.

On Sale Today! IKE AND KAY by James MacManus tells the true story of star-crossed lovers, General Eisenhower and Kay Sum...
06/05/2018
14 of the Summer's Hottest Books to Read in One Sitting

On Sale Today! IKE AND KAY by James MacManus tells the true story of star-crossed lovers, General Eisenhower and Kay Summersby, during #WWII. BookBub recommends it for beach reading and historical fiction buffs this summer. #SummerReading

#BookExpo goers, visit us at stand #1721 today for galley giveaways of A QUESTION OF TRUST by Penny Vincenzi and THE MIS...
05/31/2018

#BookExpo goers, visit us at stand #1721 today for galley giveaways of A QUESTION OF TRUST by Penny Vincenzi and THE MISSING INGREDIENT by Jenny Linford

Charles Portis's TRUE GRIT has captivated readers and film buffs alike since its publication in 1968 and subsequent movi...
05/29/2018
A Close Reading of True Grit‘s Perfect First Paragraph

Charles Portis's TRUE GRIT has captivated readers and film buffs alike since its publication in 1968 and subsequent movie adaptations in 1969 and 2010. Literary Hub invites you to sink your teeth into the first paragraph and see the magic for yourself.

When the introduction ends and you're looking for more, be sure to look out for our 50th Anniversary edition of this classic novel hitting the shelves in June! https://bit.ly/2s0go8F

Fifty years ago today, the first installment of Charles Portis’s True Grit was published in the Saturday Evening Post. It was reprinted in book form by Simon & Schuster later that year, adapted…

We're delighted to say that THE SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHER by Jon Michael Varese is a book of the week on The Book Show with Jo...
05/23/2018
Book Picks - Chatham Bookstore

We're delighted to say that THE SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHER by Jon Michael Varese is a book of the week on The Book Show with Joe Donahue! Tune in to the show at the 4:30 mark to learn a bit about this "mystery of spiritualism, racism, and infatuation."

Thomas Chulak and Kara Polito from Chatham Bookstore in Chatham, NY join us with this week's Book Picks . List: "Ruthless Tide: The Heroes and Villains of

Legendary book publisher Peter Mayer, president of The Overlook Press and Duckworth Publishers, has died at the age of 8...
05/11/2018

Legendary book publisher Peter Mayer, president of The Overlook Press and Duckworth Publishers, has died at the age of 82.

With heavy hearts, we announce that our president and co-founder, Peter Mayer, has passed away this morning, May 11th, from complications relating to amyloidosis. Peter died at his home in SoHo, in the company of friends and family.

Peter was a larger-than-life character, an editor of great passion and insight, as well as a deeply loving father, grandfather and friend. Over his legendary, six-decade career in book publishing—which included nineteen years spent as the CEO of Penguin Books—Peter had a profound influence on several generations of authors and publishers, a legacy that is sure to endure. But perhaps his most beloved publishing project was The Overlook Press, the independent publisher that he founded with his father, Alfred Mayer, and ran for nearly fifty years. Though he had the tough business acumen to helm multinational companies, Peter was a deeply curious and profoundly cultured man, who always had a story to share and a lesson to impart. His passing is a huge loss to the publishing industry as a whole, and we will miss him terribly.

The Overlook Press and Duckworth Publishers, May 11, 2018

I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN by Phil West is officially on sale today. Listen to Phil's interview on the latest episode of...
05/08/2018
Total MLS Show - Episode 83

I BELIEVE THAT WE WILL WIN by Phil West is officially on sale today. Listen to Phil's interview on the latest episode of Total MLS, and pick up a copy in stores or at any of the links below:

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Jimmy and Dustyn touch on the latest news around MLS and talk to writer Phil West about his new book, " I Believe That We Will Win: The Path to a US Men's World Cup Victory ". 

Listen to Jon Michael Varese discuss his gorgeous debut novel THE SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHER with Susan Larson on WWNO's The Re...
05/07/2018
The Reading Life With Jon Michael Varese And Renee Hodges

Listen to Jon Michael Varese discuss his gorgeous debut novel THE SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHER with Susan Larson on WWNO's The Reading Life. Varese will present his Reconstruction-era novel on Friday, May 11th at 6PM at the historic Beauregard-Keyes House in #NewOrleans.

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This week on The Reading Life: Jon Michael Varese, whose gorgeous debut novel is “The Spirit Photographer," a nd Renee Hodges, author of “Saving Bobby:

THE SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHER by Jon Michael Varese is "perfect for the history buff in your life." Check out this thrilling n...
05/01/2018
5 historical fiction reads for fans of U.S. History

THE SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHER by Jon Michael Varese is "perfect for the history buff in your life."

Check out this thrilling new novel and other great historical fiction on BuzzFeed Books. #TheSpiritPhotographer

04/30/2018
Annals of Obsession

Watch author Will Storr in this video based on his new book #SELFIE: HOW WE BECAME SO SELF-OBSESSED AND WHAT IT'S DOING TO US.

We take a look at how society became fascinated with its own image, and try to find the truth behind selfie-taking. - The New Yorker

We take a look at how society became fascinated with its own image, and try to find the truth behind selfie-taking.

Thanks Interabang Books for featuring us this month in your Small Press Spotlight!
04/30/2018
Interabang Books

Thanks Interabang Books for featuring us this month in your Small Press Spotlight!

Our Small Press Spotlight for April is Overlook Press! We love the unique and fresh perspectives of their releases-- it's their kind of energy that makes independent publishers so invaluable.

Click below to read about some of Overlook's great releases, and find their great titles on our featured table in the store!

Read an excerpt from Will Storr's new book, SELFIE: HOW WE BECAME SO SELF-OBSESSED AND WHAT IT'S DOING TO US on Science ...
04/26/2018
Science of Us

Read an excerpt from Will Storr's new book, SELFIE: HOW WE BECAME SO SELF-OBSESSED AND WHAT IT'S DOING TO US on Science of Us #socialscience #psychology #SELFIE

What the science of social pain begins to reveal is the dark error at the heart of individualism.

"...it is possible that the women of our species will soon have the overall choice of doing with very few men, or with n...
04/25/2018
Do We Even Need Men?

"...it is possible that the women of our species will soon have the overall choice of doing with very few men, or with none at all."

Read an excerpt from John Launer's forthcoming collection of medical-themed essays, HOW NOT TO BE A DOCTOR (On sale 5/1) over at Literary Hub

Why do males exist? If you learned biology at school, your teachers will probably have told you it was because combining genes from different individuals—one male and one female—increases variation…

Author of OUR WOMAN IN HAVANA, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston examines the transition of power in #Cuba and the opportunity...
04/19/2018
As Castro era ends in Cuba, so should the U.S. embargo

Author of OUR WOMAN IN HAVANA, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston examines the transition of power in #Cuba and the opportunity it represents for the US to re-engage. Los Angeles Times Opinion #RaulCastro #ForeignPolicy

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-huddleston-cuba-raul-castro-embargo-20180419-story.html

With President Raúl Castro stepping down, President Trump should seize the moment and dismantle our failed trade embargo against Cuba.

Here are "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week, from CIRCE to SELFIE" by Will Storr! SELFIE: HOW WE BECAME SO SELF-OBSESS...
04/13/2018
The Best Reviewed Books of the Week - From Circe to Selfie

Here are "The Best Reviewed Books of the Week, from CIRCE to SELFIE" by Will Storr!

SELFIE: HOW WE BECAME SO SELF-OBSESSED AND WHAT IT'S DOING TO US on Literary Hub #Selfie #SocialSciences

Fiction 1. Circe by Madeline Miller (5 Rave, 1 Positive) “As with her previous novel, the great skill here is the way Miller gives voice to a previously muted perspective in the classics, for…

We're delighted to share this revew of #SELFIE by Will Storr in Washington Post!"In this fascinating psychological and s...
04/06/2018
Review | Why your self-improvement plan may be setting you up to fail

We're delighted to share this revew of #SELFIE by Will Storr in Washington Post!

"In this fascinating psychological and social history ... exposing the cultural con that says we can be anyone we want to be, SELFIE invites to us to relax into our flawed, limited selves."

‘Selfie,’ by Will Storr, explains how we became obsessed with perfection and why it’s hurting us

#Smartphones and social media are turning us into dreadful narcissists. Would anyone care to dispute this?Yes, actually....
03/30/2018
The Selfie Isn’t the Problem. We Are.

#Smartphones and social media are turning us into dreadful narcissists. Would anyone care to dispute this?

Yes, actually. His name is Will Storr, and he’s a British journalist who’s just published #SELFIE: HOW WE BECAME SO SELF-OBSESSED AND WHAT IT'S DOING TO US. Though the title of his book suggests otherwise, Storr says we’re missing the point when we complain about technologically induced egotism: “We all think that these things”—#Twitter, #Facebook, the #iPhone— “have caused the self-obsession, but of course that’s not true.”

-from "The Selfie Isn't the Problem. We Are" by Kevin Canfield on The Daily Beast #SelfieBook

Technology may be amplifying our egotism, but its roots go way, way back, a new book argues.

Spoiler alert: Despite its trendy title, #SELFIE is not a frivolous book about taking photographs of oneself and litteri...
03/26/2018
Who are we? Will Storr's new book 'Selfie' asks the tough question

Spoiler alert: Despite its trendy title, #SELFIE is not a frivolous book about taking photographs of oneself and littering social media with them, although this pastime is examined . . . SELFIE: HOW WE BECAME SO SELF-OBSESSED AND WHAT IT'S DOING TO US is an ambitious survey of the influences that make us who we are.

Great review of Will Storr's SELFIE in USA TODAY! #selfiebook

Listen to Will Storr discuss his new book #SELFIE: HOW WE BECAME SO SELF-OBSESSED AND WHAT IT'S DOING TO US on On Point ...
03/26/2018
Selfie Culture Is New, But Self-Obsession Is Not

Listen to Will Storr discuss his new book #SELFIE: HOW WE BECAME SO SELF-OBSESSED AND WHAT IT'S DOING TO US on On Point Radio live this morning, 11 AM EDT! #OnPointRadio #SelfieBook

The Kardashians aren’t exclusively to blame for our self-obsessed culture. The rise of narcissism goes way back. We’ll take a selfie stick tour though history.

Will Storr discusses SELFIE on Innovation Hub. Listen here and on Apple Podcasts! "Twitter. Selfie-sticks. Reality TV. I...
03/23/2018
Selfies And The Self

Will Storr discusses SELFIE on Innovation Hub. Listen here and on Apple Podcasts!

"Twitter. Selfie-sticks. Reality TV. It can seem like our society is becoming more narcissistic and self-involved. (Just read a few of the boatload of articles and think-pieces on this topic) But are we really more self-centered? The answer involves Aristotle, Ayn Rand, and 80s-era California. At least, that’s according to Will Storr, author of the book, SELFIE: HOW WE BECAME SO SELF-OBSESSED AND WHAT IT'S DOING TO US. He explains how our conception of self has changed throughout human history, and why we’re so self-involved today."

SELFIE goes on sale March 27th. #SelfieBook

Are we narcissistic because of how popular Twitter is? Or is Twitter popular because of how narcissistic we are?

Andy Scott's ONE KISS OR TWO?: The Art and Science of Saying Hello is out today! Find some of the book's wisdom and whim...
03/20/2018
Genital grabbing used to be a way to say hello in Australia

Andy Scott's ONE KISS OR TWO?: The Art and Science of Saying Hello is out today! Find some of the book's wisdom and whimsy in the New York Post's article below:

Two kisses is standard in Paris, but it’s three or four in Provence, four in the Loire Valley and up to five in Corsica. Spain likes two kisses, as does Italy. Belgium, however, prefers three. Colo…

#SantaFe readers, join Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse this Thursday, 6:30PM for a night with State Department v...
03/20/2018
Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse

#SantaFe readers, join Collected Works Bookstore & Coffeehouse this Thursday, 6:30PM for a night with State Department veteran and our top diplomat in Havana under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, Ambassador Vicki Huddleston. She will discuss her new book, OUR WOMAN IN HAVANA, which chronicles the past several decades of US-Cuba relations from a bird's-eye view. #cubanrelations #WomensHistoryMonth2018 #OurWomanInHavana

Secrets divulged and histories dissected - this week, we're looking forward to Cherie Burns' 'Diving for Starfish' and Ambassador Vicki Huddleston's 'Our Woman in Havana.' https://t.e2ma.net/cshare/inbound/f/d7hakc/8e5db22de3e5d679fa41c3011097182e

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